The Golden State Warriors may’ve lost Kevin Durant, but they’re going to be adding an excited 23-year-old in D’Angelo Russell.
It’s not every day you get traded to a team that’s been to five-straight NBA Finals. As an All-Star the year prior, that transition probably has occurred just a handful of times. However, Golden State Warriors starting guard D’Angelo Russell got to experience it this offseason.
Signing a four-year deal with the Warriors, Russell could be spending the bulk of his prime with the Dubs. For both sides, that may be ideal, especially given the fact that Stephen Curry will be turning 32 this upcoming season.
It wouldn’t come as a shock if Russell came to Golden State and wanted to feel abandoned by yet another team. That just hasn’t been the case though. Russell seems more excited than ever to be alongside two of the league’s greatest shooters.
Per a Q&A with HoopsHype, Russell went into how much he can learn from Curry and the organization as a whole.
"I think this situation gives me an opportunity to be a sponge. I can learn a lot from everyone: a Hall of Fame coach – one of the winningest coaches ever – and from three different players who are Hall of Famers. It’s cool, man. This is a Hall of Fame organization that I get to a part of."
Hearing a stellar 23-year-old talk about his new team with such admiration is incredible. He wants to be in Golden State. He’s valued in Golden State, and unlike in Los Angeles, they’re going to make sure he feels like the team believes in him.
After all, he is coming off a terrific season, scoring 21.1 points per game. Although given his style of play, it will be interesting to see how his play meshes with the likes of two-time MVP Stephen Curry and the notorious to-it-all forward Draymond Green.
In the Q&A, Russell mentioned his fit and if he’ll be playing more off-ball.
"It’s a situation where I can go in and not worry about being on-the-ball or off-ball or coming off the bench or whatever. I am just being a basketball player."
Many have been skeptical of his fit, but Russell should fit seemlessly in. His play may be altered in the slightest bit, but he seems open to doing what it takes to both learn and win with this “Hall of Fame” organization.
This team is going to be fun.